So if you were reading Profootballtalk.com at any point yesterday, you might have noticed some meetings between the former NFLPA and the NFL have taken place the last few days. Among those involved were D. Smith, Goodell as well as owners like New England's Bob Kraft, Dallas' Jerry Jones, NFL Icons John Mara and Art Rooney and Brees/Manning insulter Jerry Richardson (aka Owner of the Panthers).
Know who wasn't there?
“In my opinion, we could get a deal done in the next week,” Kraft said in early February. “If business people sat down on both sides, and we tried to get the lawyers in the background. . . . Get lawyers away from table. Lawyers are deal breakers, not deal makers.”
As Shaft would say 'You're damn right'.
Don't get me wrong, I like lawyers well enough. I have friends who are lawyers. However, many lawyers get billed ( a lot ) by sessions and in some cases, hours spent on the case.
I'm not saying they have been intentionally bogging the process down, but one can imagine some unintentional dragging of feet (or briefcases).
Rumor has also had it that during the recent ownership meetings before the Super-Duper-Not-Really-A-Secret talks, the owners likely voted the aforementioned owners with the power to make a deal.
Now the parameters of said deal could still be silly, but if the rumors are true, there is hope for the first time in a long time that a deal is possible.
As I've said before, both sides have spent more time posturing than actually negotiating. Both sides have walked away from the table. Both sides have spewed hyperbole.
Now that they've gotten that out of their system, here's hoping they really are moving forward. I'll happily forgo any real news on it if it means we have a deal in the next few weeks which everyone may not be happy with, but can live with long term.
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